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Great speakers coming in May

Spring fever has taken hold of Brooklyn — and the new Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club is psyched!

Here’s what’s on tap at our first two lunch meetings in May:

Regina Myer (BPaper photo)

On Thursday May 5, Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, will fill us in on the blossoming of her development along the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO waterfronts. Her talk over lunch is perfectly timed for a spring day when, if the weather’s right, some Rotarians may choose to follow lunch with a walk to Brooklyn’s newest — and perhaps the city’s most creative — park, just a few blocks from the NY Marriott Brooklyn Bridge.  (Brooklyn Bridge Park’s in the news today with the go-ahead for a bridge over Furman Street that will connect the old Squibb playground in the North Heights with the park below — fresh progress in the air!)

Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli (BPaper photo)

Then on Thursday May 12, the powerhouses behind the editorial content in The Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn’s Courier-Life newspapers and Websites will enthrall and entertain. They’ll discuss media in our communities — and anyone who’s ever seen Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli in action will attest that their presentation won’t stick to the basics of Journalism 101. There’s a whole new hyper-local-multi-media world out there, and Gersh and Vince are in the thick of it.

Both of these meetings, organized by Judith Winn, will be red-hot. Come, and bring a friend!

Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club meets every Thursday, 12:15–1:30 pm, in the Archives Restaurant at the NY Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. For more info, call President Vivian Hardison at 917-804-0797, or email info@BrooklynBridgeRotary.org.

Breaking News: Rotary’s alive in Downtown Brooklyn

The new Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club is just four weeks old — and already it’s in the news.

“A staple of small-town America is coming to the nation’s first suburb, and, no, it’s not Walmart,” The Brooklyn Paper‘s Laura Gottesdiener reported this morning. “Those old values that we all grew up with have never disappeared,” said the club’s president, Vivian Hardison.

Pres. Vivian Hardison. BP photo by Laura Gottesdiener

Gottesdiener, who attended yesterday’s luncheon and spoke with several members, related that “Hardison is betting that Rotary’s small-town traditions still have a place, even in a cutting-edge, self-obsessed borough.”

Club-member Ed Weintrob, the former publisher of the Brooklyn Paper, said in Gottesdiener’s report that “people in the city think of Rotary as a small-town affair, but there are a lot of Rotary clubs in large cities.”

A big-city example cited by Gottesdiener is the 102-year-old Rotary Club of New York that meets every Monday for $55 lunches at the Harvard Club.

And what did the new Brooklyn Bridge Rotarians talk about during their meeting on Thursday? Gottesdiener reports:

Charity is the cornerstone of Rotary, and Rotarians at the fourth meeting this week discussed combating underage prostitution while enjoying smoked salmon and baby leek tarts. Over the main course, the conversation focused on organizing a bone marrow testing event, and the already-begun initiative of sending cellphones to soldiers overseas.

Link here to the full story at BrooklynPaper.com.